Father of the Bride (of Christ?)

Think Christian | 5/21/2019 | Staff
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As with their last album, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride offers a dynamic blend between the secular and the religious. Frontman Ezra Koenig’s Jewish background is overtly present in the lyrics, yet there are also clear references to Christian imagery and ideas. Featuring numerous duets with Danielle Haim of Haim, Bride is ostensibly about a wedding and the subsequent marriage which follows. It’s romantic, relaxed, and replete with guitar noodling and twee. Yet underneath the pleasantry is a deep concern for the world’s brokenness.

The breezy playfulness of Father of the Bride, this sense of the lackadaisical, isn’t due to naivete. In many ways, this is a more mature album than previous efforts from the band, a shift from college to graduate school, from their 20s to their 30s, arriving without having arrived. There is a subtle resignation in the lyrics, a sense of peace on the far side of doubt, an acceptance that not all of the Big Questions of life will get easy answers, and maybe that's OK. The serious weightiness of the lyrics is contrasted with the sunny California guitar twangs and upbeat pop tempos. On “How Long,” Koenig croons, “How long till we sink to the bottom of the sea? How long? How...
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